Cloudbusting gun to keep Glastonbury dry
24 June 2004
The idea to use the cloudbuster follows hot on the heels of the example set by Sir Paul McCartney, who earlier this week
employed a similar technique to clear the skies over St Petersburg, Russia, as he played his 3000th concert.
The former Beatle has apparently inquired into the measures being employed by Glastonbury to protect the tens of thousands of festival goers expected to watch his Pyramid Stage headline set on Saturday night.
Despite dry weather being forecast for today (Thursday) and Friday, heavy rain is expected to return on Saturday.
In light of McCartney's concerns, and following two days of rainfall already, Eavis is turning to a homemade cloudbusting device he last used at Glastonbury in 1971.
He said: "I had a call from Sir Paul's people saying, "what are you doing to prevent the rain?" This thing looks like an anti-aircraft gun and you point it at the clouds. It is all done through the orgone energy thing Reich believed in."
Eavis is referring to the Austrian physician/scientist, Wilhelm Reich, who claimed to have discovered "an unknown energy which exists in all living matter and in the cosmos".
He called this energy orgone, the substance which Eavis' cloudbuster can supposedly remove from the atmosphere. When taken away it turns cloud into rain.
The device will be set up a few miles upwind of Worthy Farm, with the intention of breaking up the rain clouds before they reach the festival site.
If all else fails, the weather is expected to improve again by Sunday - but that won't help Sir Paul.